St. Amant HS celebrates homecoming

Halen Doughty
St. Amant football players parade on fire trucks at the 2017 homecoming pep rally.

The St. Amant High School Gators celebrated homecoming week with a huge parade and pep rally Thursday at The Pit.

Firetrucks filled with football players and cheerleaders rolled through the streets of St. Amant. Eager onlookers cheered while candy, beads, and small toys came flying their way.

Tanny Vaughn and her family set up on tailgates to watch the parade as it passed. Her son, Hayden, is a senior wide receiver on the team. She was thrilled to see a great turnout to support the local community and school.

"Go Gators!" she said.

Just down the street, Nathan Brown and his friends were also tailgating, complete with a grill filling the air with the smell of burgers. This was the first year he had the full set up with freshly grilled burgers and hotdogs, but his friends plan to continue the new tradition for many years to come.

The St. Amant senior said he's always pumped for homecoming. He said the dance is his favorite part of the festivities. He said he plans to take his lady out to dinner, get their pictures taken, and dance all night.

The parade also featured the entire homecoming court. The young ladies, dressed to the nines, rode in convertibles while tossing candy and toys into the crowd.

Last year's homecoming queen, Jamie Keller, was on hand to pass the crown down to the next queen. She said handing off the crown is bittersweet. As a graduate, she was glad to be back at her alma mater for the homecoming pep rally.

"It's the funnest week ever. Everyone's going to have so much fun," Keller said, "Seeing everyone and catching up is awesome."

Lauren Delhaye was crowned the 2017 homecoming queen, alongside her king Alex LeBlanc. The Gators went on to win their homecoming game against West Jefferson in a 42-6 victory on Friday.

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